Friday, 10 April 2009

Chief social worker quits before crucial inspection

Surprise as Aberdeen allows her to retire early at critical time
The chief social worker at a council with one of the worst child protection records in Scotland has quit her post weeks before a crucial follow-up inspection, it emerged last night.
Aberdeen City Council approved Sandra Powers request for early retirement late last month, even though she was heavily involved in ensuring 23 recommendations for improvements to social work services were made.
The Social Work Inspection Agency (SWIA), which said in a damning report last May it was not confident children at risk were being adequately supported, is returning to the city on Monday.
A spokeswoman for the agency, which is behind the recommendations, said inspectors expected to interview the chief social work officer alongside other managers and staff as part of the follow-up inspection.

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